Charges laid against municipal officials for tender irregularities

Jacques Smalle, leader of the DA in Limpopo

 The Democratic Alliance has laid criminal charges  against the former Municipal Manager, Chief Financial Officer and the Technical Director of Greater Letaba Municipality for contravening provisions of the Municipal Finance Management Act (MFMA).

This is after these officials approved  a payment of R2, 5 million to former employee of Star Mill Developers, a company that was contracted to construct roads and storm water infrastructure in Modjadjiskloof in 2011.

“The MFMA makes it clear that it is an offence under section 173 for any official to spend any money belonging to the Municipality, either negligently or in an unauthorised manner.

The police must now probe how a person who never had any contractual tender agreement with the municipality ended up being paid millions of rands”, said Jacques Smalle, DA Limpopo Provincial Leader.

“The fact that this transaction was approved by these officials when they still held these positions does not erase their previous wrong doings and they should still be held accountable now. This will serve as a deterrent for future for future officials who might want to do the same” added Smalle.

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“To this day Modjadjiskloof still has undeveloped road and storm water infrastructure and yet millions have already been paid.

The law places very strict responsibilities on officials who are entrusted with public money.  The DA will ensure that proper tender procedures are always followed and that officials are made to account for the manner in which they handle public’s money”.

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